"What is it, Professor?" asked Dr. Kropotkin's young assistant, Maya Majoun.
"Remarkable, Maya!" exclaimed the Professor. "I believe this is an extremely rare fossil find of the extinct species known as Publius Telephonis. I've never seen one before!"
"Never heard of it, Professor. When did they thrive?"
"They roamed the planet freely throughout much of the 20th and early 21st centuries, then mysteriously vanished!"
"We don't know, Maya, but we think an enormous meteor struck Earth, wiping them out."
"Look over here, Professor! Smaller variations with the words "I-Phone" and "Samsung" on them!"
"My God, Maya! Publius eggs!"
Hold the phone, everyone! With the Friday Fictioneers picture prompt up top and my story below, I called in with exactly 100 words this week, precisely the amount the Professor (in this case, Rochelle Wisoff Fields) assigned.
You can strike many more finds most rare based on the prompt above if you plant your shovels and other tools of archaeological exploration right here. Dig in, folks.
Have a good weekend, and don't forget to guard your publius eggs!